Snoring in children might just not be good for the ears, but according to a couple of studies conducted recently it has been found to affect the functioning of the brain. In the studies, it was found that children, who snored, were more likely to perform poorly in class, as snoring affected the educational development of the children.
The study was conducted in New Zealand and saw the participation of three year old toddlers, who were snorers and non-snorers. Around 170 children took part in the study and were divided into two halves, one comprising of snorers, while the other consisted of non-snorers.
The lead author of the Study, Dr Barbara Gallard from the University of Otago, Dunedin stated that in the study, it was found that children, who did not snore, were more likely to be better at mental skills like counting, vocabulary, rhyming and naming. The study, according to Dr. Gallard, was instrumental in pointing out the importance of sleep during the early period of growing up.
In another study that involved the participation of 830 families, it was found that one in ten children, who were attending a pre-school, were snorers. The prevalence of Maori kids being snorers was also found to be greater.
The studies were presented by Dr. Gallard at the 22nd Annual Scientific Meeting, which was being held in Christchurch, New Zealand.